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West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement
University of Ghana


Contact info

info@wacci.edu.gh
P.O. Box LG 30, Legon Accra
Tel: +233302520605
Fax: 233-302-520604

About this center

The West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) is a partnership between the University of Ghana (UG) and Cornell University, USA that was established in June 2007 with funding from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) at the University of Ghana to train Plant Breeders in Africa working on the improvement of African crops in local environments for farmers in Africa.

Vision
To be the foremost Centre for the training of Plant Breeders for West and Central Africa.

Mission
To equip plant breeders with knowledge and field experience to lead the conversion of genetic and molecular discoveries into innovative solutions that will benefit agriculture in West and Central Africa.

Our Story
WACCI is based on the successful model of the African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI), University of Kwazulu- Natal, South Africa. This model is based on the premise that we can train African Plant Breeders in Africa, working on African crops in African environments.Since inception, WACCI has enrolled 82 PhD students from 12 West, East and Central African countries and has graduated 28 highly qualified and competent plant breeders. As a result of the outcome of students PhD research projects, national crop improvement programmes have been revived in the sub-region. WACCI graduates have demonstrated the value of quality plant breeding education in the region and made the WACCI programme a model for SSA and beyond. Currently, the Programme has students from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Mali, Kenya, Senegal, Sudan, and Uganda.

Details

University
Founded in 2007
2 Courses

Center Locations

Location NameAddress 1Address 2Post CodeCityProvinceCountry
West Africa Centre for Crop ImprovementP.O. Box LG 30, LegonAccraGreater AccraGhana

Courses List

The WACCI PhD is a four-year programme consisting of two stages: one year of academic study at the University of Ghana and three years of thesis research at the students’ research station/university in their home countries. Students return in the last six months of the final year to complete and submit their theses. Crop FocusThe course work and research of students will focus on the following West African food crops:Cereals: maize, rice, sorghum and milletRoot and tubers: cassava and sweet potatoLegumes: cowpea and groundnutVegetables: tomato and pepper. Geographic FocusThe focus is on West Africa, with initial emphasis on Ghana, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Applicant...

  • PhD/DPhil
  • On Campus
  • Greater Accra
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Start Date: Flexible start
  • Price on application

  • Master/MBA
  • On Campus
  • Greater Accra
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Start Date: Flexible start
  • Price on application